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Old 05-09-2022, 09:48 AM   #1
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Trying To Rig Up A Simple Backup Camera

Hi, I've got a Bayliner 3888 that has the aftermarket cockpit roof extension, as well as a large davit system. A lot of junk in the trunk, as it were, and it makes it really difficult to see my stern from the flybridge while docking.

I'd like to set up a simple, wireless camera that connects to a tablet, which I could easily monitor on the flybridge.

Sounds easy, but it's become a confusing endeavor. Most cheap cameras are sold with home security in mind, so they're cloud-synced, motion-detecting, night vision, requires an existing WiFi network, blah, blah, blah...

If I end up needing a WiFi network for this then I'd need to run it off the inverter, etc, and this becomes more complicated than it needs to be.

I also see pricier RV/Truck systems for sale. They come with a dedicated monitor that I'd have to mount on the bridge and connect to power...again, more complicated than it needs to be.

Anyone have any advice?
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In the film/TV business we often use a GoPro that can be monitored on iphones and ipads.
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My wife with Ear Tech provides dock assist visuals from the cockpit. We recently got a new pickup with the 360 degree view camera setup. For bigger rigs it is a game changer when maneuvering in tight places.

This technology should be entering the marine business, albeit a small market vs a few million units per year in the car and truck business.
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In the film/TV business we often use a GoPro that can be monitored on iphones and ipads.
Thanks for the idea! The GoPros are a bit overpriced, but Amazon has a bunch of knock-offs that should perform the same function. Just needed a simple, WiFi-enabled camera with an easy connection and I think this fits the bill.
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My wife with Ear Tech provides dock assist visuals from the cockpit. We recently got a new pickup with the 360 degree view camera setup. For bigger rigs it is a game changer when maneuvering in tight places.

This technology should be entering the marine business, albeit a small market vs a few million units per year in the car and truck business.
Totally going to pick up some of those headsets. Shouting at my girlfriend when she's out of sight doesn't work so well
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In the film/TV business we often use a GoPro that can be monitored on iphones and ipads.
Maybe I am missing something but I can't see how to 'live-stream' a GoPro wirelessly. Are you able to provide some insight?
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Maybe I am missing something but I can't see how to 'live-stream' a GoPro wirelessly. Are you able to provide some insight?
I know you weren't asking me, but newer models with WiFi capability would have an associated app. You'd join your phone to the camera's WiFi network and then open the app to view and control it.
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I know you weren't asking me, but newer models with WiFi capability would have an associated app. You'd join your phone to the camera's WiFi network and then open the app to view and control it.
No problemo. I realize that the newer models have wifi, however, that only seems to be used for uploads. Live-streaming seems to require a USB link. I share your frustration in trying to find something simple for this particular application.
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And, you need a reverse image camera
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Maybe I am missing something but I can't see how to 'live-stream' a GoPro wirelessly. Are you able to provide some insight?
For at least the last decade, GoPro has supported live monitoring on the iphone app.
I personally don't use it so I don't know if it needs a wi-fi router or not.
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And, you need a reverse image camera
I suppose if you are emulating a rear view mirror but not if you'd prefer the actual view.
Image flipping is usually one of the viewing options available in most video cameras.
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Thanks, will check this out.
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Old 05-10-2022, 09:32 AM   #13
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how about something like this? certainly cheap enough to try.
https://www.amazon.com/Casoda-Wirele...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
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I am selling my wireless camera kit, if interested

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Hi, I've got a Bayliner 3888 that has the aftermarket cockpit roof extension, as well as a large davit system. A lot of junk in the trunk, as it were, and it makes it really difficult to see my stern from the flybridge while docking.
I'd like to set up a simple, wireless camera that connects to a tablet, which I could easily monitor on the flybridge.
Anyone have any advice?
If you are interested, this may be a solution for you.
I ended up installing a Raymarine aft-facing camera and no longer need it.
If interested: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...05120329731131

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how about something like this? certainly cheap enough to try.
https://www.amazon.com/Casoda-Wirele...NsaWNrPXRydWU=
That one is tempting. Might mess with it in the long run. Running power to it from the engine room would be fairly simple.
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If you are interested, this may be a solution for you.
I ended up installing a Raymarine aft-facing camera and no longer need it.
If interested: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...05120329731131

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I actually ordered the camera below, and expecting it tomorrow. Thanks though.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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No power cables to run. Battery operated, self-contained.

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That one is tempting. Might mess with it in the long run. Running power to it from the engine room would be fairly simple.
No power cables to run. Battery operated, self-contained.

That was the appeal for me, initially. NO fusss.
One of my friends uses the same kit to monitor his engines, with two cameras, like mine.

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camera system for boat

Try looking up the WYZE system. i have about 6 of their cameras. on my house, in my basement, in my vacation house outside. in my office.
excellent system. low cost, good support.
they have a battery powered camera you could use if you have wifi.

no conflicts. just satisfied long term customer
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Please let us know how this works out for you! I'm considering something similar.
Thanks.
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I am using the WYZE Indoor/Outdoor camera and have it connected to my tablet and phone on the flybridge via wifi. So far it has been a very good experience. I run a local wifi using a peplink LTE router.

The camera is only $35 at Bestbuy and has worked in a variety of conditions. I can view the camera locally or remotely via livestream on the web. I run

Like this photo showing my dinghy cover is almost off and I will run during lunch to fix it.

I use it underway, when docking and checking on crew. So far no complaints.
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